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Johnny Rockets Opens in Indonesia

Johnny Rockets today signed a franchising agreement to open their brand of high-energy, all-American restaurants in the country of Indonesia.New franchise owner, Wiryantii Sukamdani, who is also the President of the Indonesian Tourism Board, plans to open the first Indonesian Johnny Rockets restaurant at the new Beach Walk Center, on the beautiful beach of Kuta Bali, in the first half of 2012.

November Restaurant Industry Snapshot Released

Black Box Intelligence (BBI), a leading provider of financial and market data for the restaurant industry released their November Restaurant Industry Snapshot today containing sales performance and trends.

Building Happiness, One Milkshake At A Time

Bob Watson is a cautious man.Before he built his franchised location of 5 & Diner in Worcester, Massachusetts in 2006 he thought long and hard about whether it was the right thing to do.“We looked at about 40 different franchises but we liked 5 & Diner a lot for some simple reasons.

First Watch to Continue Growth in Kentucky

First Watch, the Bradenton, Florida-based Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch restaurant company, has signed a franchisee agreement with Holland Rosen Group to expand into the Lexington and Louisville markets.

2012 Consumer Expected To Be At Standstill

Martin O’Dowd runs Hurricane Grill & Wings, an emerging casual-dining brand of 47 stores across eight states. Since early 2009, O’Dowd’s witnessed consumers increasingly let loose.

SPIN! Plans to Open Sixth Location

With its fifth location under construction, award-winning SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza has announced plans to open a sixth Kansas City area location.The 3,500 square foot restaurant will open in late 2012 or early 2013 at 8226 Mission Road in Prairie Village, Ks.

Buffalo Wild Wings Acquires 15 Franchised Locations

Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. today announced its intent to acquire 15 franchised units located in Ohio and South Carolina from a franchisee group. The Company expects the acquisition, if completed, to close before the end of this year.

2012 Financial Forecast Remains Cloudy

Get ready for more of the same.Financial analysts, consultants and restaurant operators alike seem to agree that 2012 is shaping up to look a lot like its predecessor year.The U.S. economy is likely to grow modestly—about 2 percent—with jobs being added at an anemic pace.

Hard Rock Cafe to Open in Summer 2012

Four Winds announced that it has partnered with Hard Rock International to bring a Hard Rock Cafe to Four Winds New Buffalo in the summer of 2012.Hard Rock Cafe Four Winds complements a previously announced expansion at Four Winds New Buffalo that will also be completed in the summer of 2012, including a new 1,600 seat multi-use event center and a new nine-story 250 room hotel tower.

Brio Tuscan Grille Opens New Florida Location

Brio Restaurant Group opened its eighth Florida restaurant today at The Shops at Boca Center in Boca Raton. This is the sixth BRIO Tuscan Grille to open in 2011 and the seventh restaurant for BBRG this year, which owns and operate 92 restaurants.

Maid-Rite Restaurants Find Franchisees in Texas

Peter Kosley, senior vice president, and Thad Beckner, assistant vice president, of the Henry S. Miller Brokerage retail division, were recently awarded the assignment to exclusively represent the Lund Family (Maid-Rite Diner Franchisee) in their North Texas expansion plans.

Beckham’s B&M Bar-B-Que Opens a Sixth Location

Down home barbecue has officially gone suburban.Beckham’s B&M Bar-B-Que will celebrate the grand opening of its sixth store in Hawthorne Valley Shopping Center in Oakwood Village at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec.

Lazy Dog Cafe Barks Up a New Tree

Lazy Dog Café, a casual dining chain, will open its ninth restaurant in West Covina, California.Lazy Dog showcases an eclectic menu of favorites reinterpreted with bold flavors and served with small-town hospitality.

Red Robin Opens First New Hampshire Location

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (Red Robin) is just weeks away from bringing craveable gourmet burgers to Nashua, New Hampshire. It will be the first New Hampshire location for Red Robin. Located at 310 Daniel Webster Highway at Pheasant Lane Mall off Route 3 next to Dick's Sporting Goods, the restaurant will open Monday, Nov.